foodhandling Food Handling

Heads: Shinichi Hirai
Contact: Zhongkui Wang

Date: 2012 -

Mailing address:
Dept. Robotics, Ritsumeikan Univ.
Kusatsu, Shiga 525-8577, Japan

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Project Description

This research aims at automatic handling of food objects by robotic systems. Food object handling requires less accuracy but capability to cope with variance in shapes and locations of food objects. Based on caging, we will design a robot hand that can cope with such uncertainties to perform automatic handling of food objects.
2018/12/13 Dempa Shimbun Daily introduced our soft gripper in its article "Handling Food Materials".
2018/12/12 The Kyoto Shimbun introduced our soft gripper in its article "Soft Robots gentle to Human".
2018/11/26 Nippon Keizai Shimbun introduced our soft gripper in its article "Robots for Packing Food to Box Lunches".
2018/8/3 Dr. Wang received Best Paper Award on Robotics by A Soft Gripper with Adjustable Stiffness and Variable Working Length for Handling Food Material.
2018/6/14 Received AP Award Grand Prix at International Food Machinery and Technology Exhibition.
2017/12/8 The 3rd meeting of RSJ Special Interest Group on Soft Robotics (SIG SoRo Japan)
2017/6/15 Received AP Award Grand Prix at International Food Machinery and Technology Exhibition. (Univ. web page)
2017/6/13-6/16 Demonstrating Soft Robotic Hands for Food Material Handling at International Food Machinery and Technology Exhibition
2017/4/30 Asahi Shimbun introdiced our soft robotics research in Door to Science.
2016/6/9 Received FOOMA Academic Plaza Award at International Food Machinery and Technology Exhibition.
2014/6/12 Received FOOMA Academic Plaza Award at International Food Machinery and Technology Exhibition. (pick up)
2014/6/10-13 Presented "Handling of Food Materials by Lightweight Robot System" at Academic Plaza of FOOMA 2014
2013/6/11-14 Presented "Handling of Rheological Food Materials by Robotic Systems" at Academic Plaza of FOOMA 2013

Personnel

Name Title Degree
Nishida Kensyo M2
Yun Taesoo M2
Kanegae Ryo Graduated Master of Eng.
Kuriyama Yoshiyuki Graduated Master of Eng.
Tomohiro Inukai Graduated Master of Eng.
Yuusuke Okino Graduated Master of Eng.
Hisashi Iwamasa Graduated Master of Eng.
Yuusuke Taniguchi Graduated Master of Eng.
Hanada Gorou Graduated
Yamaguchi Hiroaki Graduated
Nao Kanda Graduated

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